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Where Have All the Girdles Gone?

Daphne Merkin hunts for anti-gym fix

(Newser) - In these belt-tightening times, Daphne Merkin wonders why she can't find a decent girdle.  Spanx abound and corsets have been re-conceived as fetish objects or ironic fashion statements, but the real body armor has become taboo, she writes in the New York Times T Magazine. "Try Brighton Beach,... More »

For Women, Big Belly Is Big Trouble

Wider waists may increase risk of early death, study finds

(Newser) - Wider-waisted women may have an increased risk of premature death—even if they’re not obese. In a 16-year-long study of 44,636 women, those with waists at least 35 inches wide had a 79% higher chance of premature death, compared with those with waists of 28 inches or less.... More »

Myth: Exercise Keeps You Lean

Studies don't support connection between working out and slimming down

(Newser) - The idea that exercise is the key to shedding pounds is relatively modern—and a whole lot of hogwash, Gary Taubes argues in New York magazine. Though the theory that working out makes us lose weight has been around since the 1960s, scientific research has consistently shown that the relationship... More »

British Scientists Find Fat Gene

Answer to the waistline gap may be in the chromosomes, researchers say

(Newser) - British scientists have for the first time identified a gene that contributes to garden-variety obesity, supporting ancient anecdotal evidence that birthright, not just lifestyle, shapes stomachs.  Although they can't say exactly how the gene, called FTO, works, the 16% of white Europeans carrying two "fat" variations of it... More »

Fat and Fertility Do Mix

Eating ice cream makes it more likely for some women to get pregnant

(Newser) - Eating ice cream may help expand your waistline in more ways than one: consuming full-fat dairy products may actually boost fertility, according to new Harvard research. In an eight-year study of women suffering from anovulatory infertility—infertility due to lack of ovulation—greater intake of full-fat dairy products directly correlated... More »

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